Thursday, January 26, 2012

Credits:
"Love" & Pink Cat holding heart- Nancy Baumiller
Top border-phoebe photo (FeeBeeDee)
Black & white bottom border-sassyarts
Roses & Angels -Neefer
Blue heart- seasiderosegarden
Valentine car- Plaisanter
Flowers at top in center- picture of my Heleboros growing in my yard
Well, this is what I did today! Created for Collage Play With Crowabout on Flickr. Painted background, dabbed with contrasting colors. I get to the part where the actual journaling begins, the dreaded lettering...the lettering that I want to do, but am SCARED to do. I've never gotten comfortable with it, or nearly as good at it as I want to be. Only thing you can do is do it anyhow! Of course after the first line, the Sharpie I was using ran out, sometimes I hate Sharpies...sometimes not. Luckily my red Copic came to the rescue. I adore these markers! I have had the "LOVE" sign from Nancy for along time, I have always loved the LOVE image, and today's collage seemed like the perfect time to use it. The other day I was stolling around in the yard looking for any sign of SPRING, and took just a few pictures. I actually saw a few signs:

I've always loved moss... it is growing on the banks of my road. My friend Linda has the most beautiful yard. She gave me the idea of digging some to use in the fairy house gardens, that I hope to create! Maybe I should let it take over my entire yard! It always stays green, and you don't have to mow it!
This is a close up of my Daphne shrub. I have it growing right by the steps as you walk up to the front door, on purpose, because it smells sooo good when it blooms in February! I nearly lost it one year, it doesn't like damp soil, and I guess we had too much rain one year, and every leaf drooped and fell to the ground! I cut it back and pulled the mulch away from it and eventually it came back, and is getting ready to launch to perfume the air!
This is Heleboros, or Lenten Rose...I have them planted along the front of the house in a bed. I have been noticing deer around the bed, so....hope they don't eat them all!
This is a close up of the Heleboros, and also the feature of the top of the above collage! I downsized it, and cut out like two or three of them and glued them together to paste onto the page. Of course I doodled and enhanced the center color with colored pencils. My sister Molly suggested I use it in a collage, I told her that mayyybe I would!
Here is the entire photo of the Daphne shrub :D
Well, what do ya know? If this isn't a sign of SPRING I don't know what is, HYACINTH emerging by the FAIRY GARDEN! I planted it there last year, thought it would look cool there. I must take some pictures of the fairy house once things are blooming and I get it like I want it.

That's about all for now, enjoy the night, and go make some ART!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Credits:
Background- littlebrownwren
Moon Fairy- Pringle Hill Studio
Flying birds- Digital Collage Images
Two Sisters- Autumnsensation
Labels- iHanna
Old Bottle- takeabreak
Checkered strips- gr8plunder
#3- plaisanter
red/white circle- lolalee1002
Legs on Moon Fairy- Nancy Baumiller
Eyes- Nancy Baumiller
Some border pieces- Dover Publishing
Created for the Crowabout group. A little early for Valentines Day, but that is kinda the vibe I got from the images this week. That is okay, it will be here before we know it, and I love Valentines Day! Not much going on here, Christmas tree, still up....but I did walk 3 miles today! I really need to go down to the basement to work on some jewelry, but a couple of months ago, the Orkin man came. After going down in the basement to treat it, he came walking up the stairs and said "well I don't guess you want to know what I found down there" he puts those sticky paper things in several places down there...and he showed it to me, and it was a baby SNAKE! It was about 8-9 inches long, skinny, and dead! I screamed so loud, I scared him, and the cats flew off the couch and ran upstairs! I have no idea how it could have gotten down there, unless it was in those plants I brought in. Makes me literally cringe....and so, I haven't been down there much since then! I know it was a rare thing and all, but just not very relaxing trying to bead in fear. So I really wish I could bring all the beads and art stuff back up here to my loft desk, but the whole reason I moved them all downstairs was because of the cats laying on top of everything and I could leave the desk messy if I was working on something, etc. I really envy those that have studios, I look at them in magazines and wish I had one too!! One day maybe.
Almost time to watch Parenthood! My favorite show! Enjoy the night :D

Friday, January 6, 2012

Well Hello! New Art!

Credits:
Fresh eggs: playingwithbrushes
girl in pink dress: Ms.bailey
bird: Smartgypsy
scalloped border: Sassy Nella Melange
wish kitty head: Becky F
map border: Norma Frances
Me, You, & Smart: Norma Frances
woman with green bow head: landofnod studios
Identity, Even if you miss you will land among the stars,
clock tower, Creativity, You: Nancy Baumiller

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!! So sorry I haven't been around much! Went to visit my Mom for Christmas. Had such a great time. Got to spend some fun times with my loved ones! I sure have missed making ART! My Christmas decorations are still up, but hopefully sometime this weekend I can get to it. I took a day and played, to create the above collage for the Collage Play with Crowabout group. I'm sure you will recognize the quote from the movie THE HELP. It was all I thought about, when I saw the words on the image sheet! Hope you all had nice holidays! I missed you :-) and I'm BACK!